Basics of Dog Breed : Lapinporokoira

Posted on September 27 2018

Basics of Dog Breed : Lapinporokoira

Breed Information:

Other names: Lapinporokoira
Origin: Finland
FCI Group: Spitz and primitive type dogs
FCI number: 284
Longevity: 12 years
Hair type: Half-long
Shape of the head: Long

Race history

The Lapinporokoira was traditionally used by the Lappish herdsmen to guard their reindeer herds , a job for which he quickly showed excellent skills. To end up with the breed as we know it today, contributions of German Shepherd and Colley have been added.

Registered in the book of origins in the 1950s, the Finnish Lapland Shepherd was nevertheless only one and the same breed with the Finnish Lapland Dog. The separate recognition of the two breeds was only made official in December 1992. The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) recognized it definitively on 13 November 1970.

Physical characteristics

The Lapinporokoira is a medium-sized, spitz-type shepherd dog with a well-developed bone structure and musculature, but without the impression of heaviness. Its silhouette is writable in a rectangle, its length being 10% higher than its height at the withers. His hair: straight, stiff, erect, medium to long length. More abundant and longer on the neck, the chest and the back of the thighs. Lined with a fine and dense undercoat. Its color: all shades of black, even greyish or dark brown. Presence of lighter marks on the head, lower body and limbs. His head: rather long. The muzzle is a little shorter than the skull, which is only slightly convex. 

Its ears: medium in length, broad at the base, well spread, erect and with the interior well covered with hair. 
His eyes: well apart, oval, dark in color (in keeping with that of the dress), displaying an expression at once lively, awake and humble, especially in bitches. 
His body: definitely longer than high. The tourniquet is well out, the back strong and muscular, the kidney runs, the rump long and slightly oblique and the breast well down without being wide. 
Its tail: moderately long, generously trimmed with hair, tied low, hanging at rest, curved when the dog is active.

Weight and size

Weight Cut
Female Between 25 kg and 27 kg Between 43 cm and 49 cm
Male Between 25 kg and 27 kg Between 49 cm and 54 cm

A Finnish Shepherd dog from Lapland is classified as a medium-sized dog .

Behavior and character

The Lapinporokoira is an energetic and bouncy dog , especially at work where he is a natural barker . At the same time, he shows himself calm, friendly and docile towards his masters. His specialty is keeping the reindeer herds. As a family, he gets on well with children and acts as an excellent watchdog .

Education ...
The education of the Finnish Shepherd of Lapland is not particularly complicated. It is a dog obedient and eager to please his master, which makes him willing to learn. A small dose of firmness combined with gentleness and patience makes it a balanced and happy companion.


The Lapinporokoira is a robust dog, enjoying an iron health . Its double and dense coat gives it good resistance to cold and bad weather. As long as his dress is well maintained, there is nothing to worry about health. Nor does the breed have a predisposition to any disease.

Maintenance & Hygiene


The Finnish Shepherd of Lapland is subject to 2 moults a year . In the male, it occurs during the changes of seasons, whereas in females, they occur systematically one month before the heat. The maintenance of the dog remains simple , but it must be regular to guarantee the cleanliness of the dress, its aspect (to avoid the knots) and the protection of the skin.

Outings ...
The Finnish Lapland Shepherd needs a lot of exercise and activity to get busy. Accustomed to evolve freely on large parcels of land, he must be able to enjoy long daily trips .

Hygiene ...
It is recommended to brush the dog once a week starting with a detangling in the direction of the hair, then by turning over with a wire brush. The ears, the fringes of the front limbs and the panties are to go through the metal comb. It may be necessary to cut the hairs growing between the pads. The Finnish Lapland Shepherd can be washed once or twice a year with a suitable shampoo.

Living conditions

The Finnish Shepherd of Lapland is a dog made for activity and large expanses . It can not be confined to a small space in an apartment, for example. If he must live in the city, his master must be able to offer him long daily walks . A house with a large fenced garden would suit him perfectly.

Price and budget

Minimum Maximum
Buying price 1000 € 1200 €

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